Field Trials for Cultivar Evaluation; Soil and Root Health (Southeast AgNet)

Field Trials for Cultivar Evaluation; Soil and Root Health

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) citrus researchers are collaborating on ground-breaking research projects to fight against HLB. They are working with researchers at the University of California-Riverside (UC-Riverside), Texas A&M, and Washington State University on a project to field-test new citrus cultivars for tolerance or resistance to HLB. The research is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The three-year project hopes to deliver novel, HLB resistant or tolerant, non-transgenic, and commercially acceptable scion cultivars to the citrus industry, says Ute Albrecht, UF/IFAS plant physiologist participating in the research. Albrecht is an assistant professor at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee.

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